Shriners and Macon-Bibb Fire Department partner for fire safety

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – From learning to stop, drop and roll, to making sure there are batteries in your smoke detector, the Macon-Bibb Fire Department wants you to be fire safe.

“I had the idea of coming out and having a fire safety speech contest,” said Lieutenant Ellen Kicklighter of the Macon-Bibb Fire Department. “And the Shriners have been wanting to partner up with the fire department for awhile, and I feel it went really well. We had 8 participants, and for our first ever fire safety speech contest I thought that was a good turn out.”

“We had a lot of family members, a lot of the public that showed that came out to support these participants,” Kicklighter added.

“To never play around near the stove, or the kitchen, without parents,” said contest winner Anna Watson. “It feels good, but I know God gave me the strength and courage to get up there and say it and win.”

“They memorize these speeches, they had the opportunity to see how it feels to do public speaking,” said Kicklighter.

“It’s been a great promotion and it’s been a great day today,” said Shriners Representative Joe Watson. “If we can save one life, one child from being burned, then it’s worth everything we did.”

“What’s the biggest thing you learned from writing your speech and from presenting today? Um that I can actually do it,” said Anna Watson.

The North Georgia Fire Safety Clowns also put on a show for the kids.

41NBC’s Ashley Minelli helped judge the contest.

The Shriners have 22 hospitals across the country, including three burn centers.

If you want to donate to their cause, head over to their website, http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/.

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